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MESSENGER. A person appointed to perform certain duties, generally of a ministerial character.
     2. In England, a messenger appointed under the bankrupt laws, is an officer who is authorized to execute the lawful commands of commissioners of bankrupts.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Even if you do not have a reputation for killing the messenger, the messengers can feel imperiled and tentative.
Killing the Messenger: Journalists at Risk in Modern Warfare.
Killing the messenger; journalists at risk in modern warfare.
First, create a culture in which telling the most valued commodity, not one in which killing the messenger is the answer to any problem.

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